Even though the Stephenville City Council is moving toward building a new terminal at Clark Field Municipal Airport, there are no plans to take steps toward expanding the airport for commuter flights.

At least not yet.

Last week, the city council approved the conceptual design for a terminal at the Stephenville airport.

Chuck Willis, of GRW Engineers Inc., estimated a cost range of $390,000 to $470,000 for the proposed terminal building.

But Drew Wells, Stephenville’s director of community services, said much more would have to be done - beyond building the terminal - for commuter flights to become a reality at the airport.

“Many years of things would have to take place for us to consider something like that,” Wells said.

Wells said Clark Field is considered a “general aviation airport” now, meaning it can handle or accommodate “specific or limited operations.”

“But as far as scheduled commuter flights, we don’t have that kind of capability,” Wells said, noting “physical components” at the airport would have to be upgraded, such as runway width and length.

“We would have to change that airport significantly” to offer commuter flights, Wells said.

And there’s been no discussion regarding such expansion yet, Wells said.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at doug.myers@empiretribune.com or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.